By Hibah Khan|
May 4, 2022|
4 min read
From vintage gowns to reused fabrics, we’ve created a round-up of the celebrities who embraced eco-friendly looks this year.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve definitely seen all of your favourite stars looking their finest for the Met Gala 2022. On Monday’s red carpet, we saw everything from black lace, metallic shine, feathery designs, and dramatic colours, all in the theme of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” (Gilded Glamour and White Tie).
Now we don’t want to talk about the elephant in the room *cough* how some celebrities couldn’t follow this year’s Met Gala theme *cough* (!) That being said, we absolutely loved that several of the night’s greatest guests chose vintage designs, rewore clothes they already owned, or had their ensembles made from repurposed or salvaged fabrics.
Vintage fashion has never been more popular than it is right now, especially on the red carpet, where celebrities have been digging into the archives to create one-of-a-kind looks rather than choosing something totally new. Of course, this is a terrific message for the environment, encouraging people to shop and wear second hand items, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most sustainable fashion moments from this year’s Met Gala:
Model Emily Ratajkowski chose to wear a garment from the 1992 Versace collection, which was last seen on the runway by model Yasmeen Ghauri. “I feel very lucky to be wearing this look,” Ratajkowski said on the red carpet, referring to her vibrant, beaded ensemble.
Emma Stone donned her Louis Vuitton wedding gown from her 2020 wedding to David McCary. The stunning white feathery gown was a handmade Louis Vuitton design with intricate lace embellishments and silk. We love that she made a statement about sustainability by rewearing a previous look.
In an all-white Louis Vuitton gown with feathers, lace, and a towering headwrap, the singer and actress looked positively stunning. In an effort to promote sustainability, she wore a show-stopping gown from the Louis Vuitton archives and in an interview with E! she explained, “We wanted to find something that felt like it was Gilded Glamour, so we have a layering of different textures and fabrics.” Her headwrap was also influenced by women in Louisiana in the 1800s who had to cover their hair for necessity: “I wanted to tie those things together because those women don’t get the credit they deserve for fashion.”
We loved this layered look on Shawn Mendes, and added bonus is the fact that this suit is upcycled out of deadstock fabric *chefs kisses*. In an interview with Vogue he voiced that he was “proud” to be wearing a completely sustainable look by Tommy Hilfiger. The singer recently announced he will be adding sustainability initiatives for his upcoming ‘Wonder Tour’.
Squid Game actress HoYeon Jung, was yet another lady who elected not to have something designed new and wore this denim mini dress from Louis Vuitton’s cruise 2017 collection. Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of Louis Vuitton, told reporters on the red carpet that he was happy to be reinterpreting classic designs: “There is no better feeling than to know your designs will live on.”
A woman who knows how to stick to the theme, Paloma Elsesser’s Coach dress was custom-crafted for her, with portions of the outfit constructed from reused materials, including the lace in the skirt, which was derived from dresses from the 1930s. Designer Stuart Vevers remarked that the look “layers vintage references to tell a new story about American fashion and the way inspiring individuals like Paloma are redefining it today.”
The singer, who wore an entirely recycled Gucci gown to the occasion, was equally concerned about the environment. “I just wanted to be as eco-friendly as possible,” she explained on the red carpet, noting that the dress was designed for her by Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele but was entirely made up of upcycled textiles.
Amber Valletta wore vintage Azzaro high-shine gold for a literal take on the gilded glamour theme. This should come as no surprise as Valletta has spent the better part of the last decade as an advocate for sustainable and ethical fashion methods.
Hamish Bowles, the global editor-at-large of Vogue, revealed that his tiara for his Met ensemble is vintage. In his Instagram post he stated that the gold feathered tiara was made by Fulcode Verdura for Betsey Whitney, a famous American socialite and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s daughter-in-law. In 1957, she wore the tiara to a ball at Buckingham Palace. We’re ecstatic that he was able to have his “Eliza Doolittle” moment.
Camila Cabello looked stunning in an upcycled white Prabal Gurung gown. “I love him so much,” the singer/ actress said about the renowned fashion designer. “I love that he incorporates his activism, and the values, and the things that he cares about into his work – When I think Gilded Age, I think of luxury and materialism and industrialization, this to me, having this sustainable dress is kinda celebrating those trends of innovation and ingenuity, kinda applying it to the challenges that we have now.”
Akech looked stunning wearing a vintage Christian Lacroix’s Autumn/ Winter 2003 dress. The off-the-shoulder, plunging green gown was sourced by Cherie Balch of Shrimpton Couture, who took to Instagram to describe how stressful the run-up to the Met had been due to the huge amount of work to keep the preservation of the gown.
Without a doubt, the most talked-about moment of the evening and one that favoured vintage fashion, Kim Kardashian wearing Marilyn Monroe’s ICONIC JFK dress. Having celebs advocating vintage fashion on such a large scale will almost certainly boost the popularity of secondhand fashion.
We have to add on this unfortunate note that she did have to change into a replica of the gown later on in the evening but we can still appreciate it.